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Deuteronomy 5:32

"So you shall observe to do just as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right or to the left.

Adam Clarke Commentary

Ye shall observe to do - He who marks not the word of God is never likely to fulfill the will of God.

Ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left - The way of truth and righteousness is a right line; a man must walk straight forward who wishes to go to glory; no crooked or devious path ever led to God or happiness.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 5:32". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/deuteronomy-5.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Ye shall observe to do therefore as the Lord your God doth command you,.... Observe every precept, as to matter and manner, which the Lord has commanded, and that under a sense of the great obligations laid on them by him, in giving them freely so good a land to possess:

you shall not turn to the right hand or to the left; but walk in the way of the commandments of God, and not depart from them at all, but follow the Lord in his own ways fully. The phrase is expressive of a strict and close attention to the word of God, without deviating from it in the least; for every sin, which is a transgression of some command of God or another, is a going out of the way that directs unto; see Isaiah 30:21.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 5:32". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/deuteronomy-5.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not l turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

(l) You shall neither add nor take away, (Deuteronomy 4:2).

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 5:32". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/deuteronomy-5.html. 1599-1645.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

32.Ye shall observe to do therefore. Again, in this verse also, he does not merely exhort the people to embrace the Law, but at the same time enjoins them to be content with its unadulterated teaching; and, in fact, to receive as just and right whatever God has commanded, is only to be half obedient, unless men also put this restraint upon themselves, not to import anything else, (in addition to His Law.) So, also, in another passage, which I have subjoined, God no less severely forbids additions to it than taking away from it; and this is a declaration deserving our especial observation, because, in its preposterous wilfulness, the whole world almost is carried away into false religions; which, nevertheless, God has briefly condemned in a single word, when He commands His people so to acquiesce in His appointed Law that they may not seek to be more righteous than they are taught to be. There is a similar passage at the end of Deuteronomy 12:32,) but, because it is connected with a particular circumstance, and depends on the preceding passage, it will be more conveniently reserved for consideration in that place. He adds, in conclusion, that they will not satisfy the Law unless they keep themselves within its bounds; and in order that they may be more disposed to obedience, he gently attracts them by subjoining the promise. (225)


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 5:32". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/deuteronomy-5.html. 1840-57.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Ver. 32. Ye shall not turn aside, &c.— A phrase signifying their strict observance of God's laws, and a steadfast persisting in the path of their duty. It is a metaphor taken from a traveller, who, being once set into the right way, ought not to deviate from it. See chap. Deuteronomy 4:2, Deuteronomy 17:11; Deuteronomy 17:20. Joshua 1:7.

REFLECTIONS.—Overcome by the displays of the terrible Majesty that they beheld, and trembling at the voice of God, they cannot endure the method of immediate communion with him, lest they die. Note; (1.) Fallen man is naturally in terror at God's voice. But, (2.) In Christ Jesus we are not afraid to approach him, because we know it is the voice of love. They propose:

1. That God would speak to them, not immediately from himself, but through Moses their mediator. They had despised him before, but they value him now when he can stand their friend. Awakened consciences see with different eyes.

2. They promise to be obedient. Nothing more common than to make great promises in time of peril; which are usually as soon forgotten, as the sailor's prayers when the storm is over.

3. God condescends to approve their motion, and speaks his desire that there were such a heart in them as now appeared, humble, reverential, and dutiful. Moses is appointed as the mediator between them, and him they must hear. Note; (1.) God is well pleased with every gracious purpose that his spirit excites in the heart, and delights in the salvation of souls. (2.) It were well for us, that there were constantly such a sense of God, and the things of God, upon our minds, as we sometimes feel. (3.) The word God speaks by his prophets and apostles, is as sure as what he speaks by his own voice from heaven, and equally to be regarded; and if the Scriptures are neglected, all the appearances of Sinai, if repeated, would never have any effect upon us.

4. Moses infers from all this, their obligation to be obedient; and assures them that it is the only way to be happy. No true happiness, in time or in eternity, is to be enjoyed, but in the way of true holiness.


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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 5:32". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/deuteronomy-5.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Neither by superstitious additions to God’s commands, nor by a bold or profane rejection or contempt of any one of them.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Deuteronomy 5:32". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/deuteronomy-5.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Left: a proverbial expression, to signify that no sort of transgression is to be allowed. (Menochius) --- It is of the same import as, You shall not add, &c., chap. iv. 2. (Calmet)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 5:32". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/deuteronomy-5.html. 1859.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
observe
6:3,25; 8:1; 11:32; 24:8; 2 Kings 21:8; Ezekiel 37:24
ye shall not
4:1,2; 12:32; 17:20; 28:14; Joshua 1:7; 23:6; Psalms 125:5; Proverbs 4:27; 2 Peter 2:21

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 5:32". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/deuteronomy-5.html.

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